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Eco World Styria - Styrians to outstrip U.S.

The network meets the future on the international market as "The World's Green Tech Valley": a success story.

July 16, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - 2,650 points by the end of the year

Compared to the world's major stock exchanges the ATX is seen as an average performer with -5% in the first half of this year.

July 16, 2010

EURO - Confidence returns

Patient Euro is on the road to recovery. Europe's debt crisis and the financial problems mainly of Greece greatly affected the exchange rate earlier this year. Now, the Euro regains strength. After the low of $1.18, the Euro recovered step by step rising

July 16, 2010

Wage dumping

It is unusual that the former Austrian Trade Union Federation President Rudolf Hundstorfer finalised a draft law without a vote of social partners.

July 16, 2010

Economy shrank by 3.9 percent in 2009

The Austrian economy has shrunk even more in 2009 than previously expected.

July 16, 2010

Defying EU fusion reactors

According to calculations of the Green Party Federal Councillor Elisabeth Kerschbaum the project costs Austria €158m.

July 15, 2010

Karl-Heinz Strauss new boss of Porr

The Carinthian project developer and CEO of numerous private foundations and major shareholder of Porr Karl-Heinz Strauss is the new boss of the construction company.

July 15, 2010

Stress tests - according to Cernko, Austrian Banks in the bottom third

Referring to speculation according to which Austrian banks with their relatively low equity ratio should not perform that well, Bank Austria CEO Willibald Cernko said "If one considers capital only, they will be at the top of the bottom third."

July 15, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange buys 16.5 percent stake of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange

The Vienna stock exchange holding company, CEE Stock Exchange Group (CEESEG AG), has made some arrangements with minority shareholders of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange to purchase the remaining shares of its Slovenian subsidiary.

July 15, 2010

Union speaks of "death blow" for Austrian Railway

In the context of the forthcoming increase of capital of Verbund hydro electrical plants could be bought from the Austrian Railway Network ÖBB.

July 15, 2010

Raiffeisen recommends - "Hands off of Gold"

RLB-manager Gerhard Rehor interprets rising gold price as signs of a bubble, and discourages investment.

July 14, 2010

Expensive oil products - Inflation rises to 2.0 percent

The inflation rate was held high in June compared to last year due to higher prices of petroleum products.

July 14, 2010

Public debt an obstacle for companies

Uncertainty of government bonds increases financing risk warns S & P – Euribor registers eleven months high The uncertainty about the financial situation of some European countries could have an impact on sensitive companies. The U.S. rating agency St

July 14, 2010

Stress tests could be price-sensitive information

At the political level it is fiercely debated how detailed the publication of the stress test should be. The FMA currently tests whether the stress test results are stock market relevant, compulsory publications.

July 14, 2010

Stress tests pose problems

Results of stress tests will be published later than expected - assumptions behind tests create uncertainty.

July 14, 2010

Austria's largest construction companies by revenue

Strabag SE in 2009 remained by far the largest construction company in Austria.

July 13, 2010

Nowotny - raising the "retirement age"

Higher life expectancy, rising deficits: Austrians should therefore delay retirement, says National Bank's CEO Nowotny.

July 13, 2010

Bwin’s successful World Cup record

bwin, the world's leading online gaming operator, recorded a record sports betting turnover at the 2010 Football World Cup compared to previous major events.

July 13, 2010

Local banks in stress test "within normal range"

OeNB Governor criticizes EU Commission: State aid procedure too long - debt reduction, dampening the economy Austria's banks performed within "the normal range, in midfield," the Governor of the Austrian National bank (OeNB) and Governing Council memb

July 13, 2010

Andritz Hydro to supply propeller turbines for Lower Mattagami hydropower project, Canada

International technology Group Andritz has been awarded a contract by Kiewit-Alarie a Partnership to supply three propeller turbines and generators for the Lower Mattagami River Project being developed by Ontario Power Generation in Ontario, Canada.

July 13, 2010

Slowdown expected in the third quarter

A return to recession is not expected according to economists at Bank Austria, but the peak was now surpassed.

July 13, 2010

UniCredit's Profumo proposes 20-billion rescue fund

Head of Bank-Austria parent UniCredit, Alessandro Profumo, has announced his ambitions for a privately financed € 20 billion heavy rescue fund for troubled European banks.

July 12, 2010

Duel for lead of construction group

At the Board meeting next Thursday the new head of the construction at “Porr” could be decided.

July 12, 2010

Transaction tax - OECD European solo attempt

According to Jeffrey Owens, head of the OECD's tax department, a transaction tax only makes sense if it relates to the financial centres on a global scale.

July 12, 2010

Crisis causing private bankruptcy

Unemployment and less income: more than 50,000 people last year turned to a debt counselling bodies.

July 12, 2010

Pröll on economic status quo, "thunder and lightning are over"

The EU has demonstrated that "it is able to act in one of the worst crises, even if there were some mistakes," says Austrian Finance Minister Josef Pröll.

July 12, 2010

Foreign Trade Deficit, despite growth

Statistik Austria has published Austria’s trade balance. There are, increases in imports and exports.

July 12, 2010

Magna International AGM - Shareholders will vote about Frank Stronach’s future

The Austrian-Canadian supplier Magna International set a new general meeting for July 23rd, to vote about the retreat of founder Frank Stronach.

July 9, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - Strong rebound situation similar to 2009

Despite a poor image in the chart last week the ATX registered a strong rebound.

July 9, 2010

Hungarian burden for Austro-banks

Raiffeisen International (RI) CEO Herbert Stepic expressed his concerns during a general conference.

July 9, 2010

The high debt burden of Austria as target for speculators

In the crisis years 2008, 2009 and 2010, the public debt mountains are exploding. In the EU, the debt within three years has increased from 60 to 80 percent of GDP.

July 9, 2010

Voestalpine AG - Resolutions of AGM

Voestalpine AG Annual General Meeting approves dividend and share repurchase program.

July 8, 2010

Siemens - Major contract in the Czech Republic

Siemens to build a photovoltaic system for about €10m

July 8, 2010

International companies discover Austria again

In the first half of 2010, 93 companies settled in Austria; in the same period in 2009 there were only 84. Total investment volume tripled from €37m ($46,95m) to almost €103m ($130,69).

July 8, 2010

Banks swap gold - Caused by Central banks?

European banks have tons of bunkers gold at the "Super Fed" BIS (Bank for International Settlement). But they could have acted only as intermediary.

July 8, 2010

Fight against early retirement - Companies should pay

The Wifo suggests that firms should pay if their employees are sick and are sent into early retirement.

July 8, 2010

Stress tests - Erste Bank and RZB on the list

91 European banks will have to undergo stress tests of European regulators. Two Austrian institutions will be tested as well.

July 8, 2010

REWE takes remaining 25 percent od ADEG

Rewe acquires Adeg. Two years ago, the group took over 75 percent of the retail chain in Austria. The deal does not require to be registered at the European Commission. Adeg is already completely integrated into Rewe.

July 7, 2010

AWD - Commercial Court allows class action

Consumer information association (VKI) goes to court on behalf of 1,300 investors.

July 7, 2010

Hungary rejects amendments to bank levy

At the start of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Hungarian government ruled out an amendment of the introduction of the controversial bank tax.

July 7, 2010

More private consumption in Austria

In Austria the private consumption expenditure has increased by 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2010.

July 7, 2010

OECD’s criticism of low labour force participation of older people

In Austria, the labour market has weathered the global economic crisis better than most other OECD countries.

July 7, 2010

No share price manipulation in Immoeast, confirmed by court-appointed expert

An investor claimed that the price of Immoeast shares had been inflated manipulative trading activities of former Constantia Privatbank (now Aviso Zeta Bank)

July 6, 2010

Immofinanz - Sale of 55m shares hasn't started

The placement of the 55m Immofinanz shares from settlement with Constantia Packaging has not yet begun as reported in today’s published "Company Flash" of UniCredit.

July 6, 2010

Zumtobel AG - Announcement pursuant to § 93 of the Austrian Stock Exchange Act

Zumtobel, internationally leading supplier of integral lighting solutions for a variety of applications, announces that the capital decrease of 2009 led to an increase in the voting rights held by the members of the syndicate agreement to 35.3%.

July 6, 2010

Conwert Immobilien Invest SE extends share buyback programme

At the AGM of conwert Immobilien Invest SE, the Administrative Board was authorised to purchase treasury shares up to the legally defined maximum.

July 6, 2010

Austrian companies are innovative

More than half of domestic companies may be the labelled innovative.

July 6, 2010

Bank Austria’s Snowball clause illegal

The unilateral termination right of Bank Austria in its "Callable Snowball Floater " is unlawful according to the Supreme Court (OGH).

July 6, 2010

Federal loans increased to 1.32b

The Austrian taxpayers will be pleased: The federal government has been able to borrowing loans for extremely favourable terms. The 3.9-percent government bond (from 2005 to 2020) was increased by € 770m ($972.02) to an average yield increase of 3.008 per

July 6, 2010

Strabag loses job over €3b ($3,7b) in Bosnia

Strabag will terminate its order for a highway bypass in Bosnia. The project was not advertised, which is why the EBRD did not participate in the financing. The Austrian construction group Strabag is negotiating the resolution of a €3b motorway contra

July 5, 2010